Remains of man missing for 43 years pulled from a car in a North Carolina lake

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CALDWELL COUNTY N.C.— Divers in North Carolina recovered a vehicle containing human remains that had been missing for more than 40 years.

The vehicle was found Tuesday, according to WSOC.

According to the Caldwell County sheriff, the cold case of a man reported missing in 1972 was reopened when the man’s daughter asked police to look at again.

Using sonar technology and retracing old leads, a dive team recovered a vehicle submerged in nearly 30 feet of water in Lake Rhodiss. The car, a 1968 Pontiac Catalina, matched the description of the missing man’s vehicle.

The remains were transferred to the chief medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Though it has not been confirmed yet, officials believe that the remains are of Amos Shook, a retired member of the Air Force. Shook was in his early 40s when he was reported missing in 1972, WSOC reports.

No foul play is suspected in the death.

The investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff said that the discovery has given closure to the family.